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April showers bring...May sellers

April 27, 2013

Seasonal investing is a hard sell for most investors. We're entrenched in the buy-and-hold philosophy, indoctrinated to believe over the long term, markets always increase. So a strategy that largely dictates we should buy and sell stocks in various sectors based on seasonal cycles is a bit of financial heresy. Among the world's chief heretics is Brooke Thackray, who again will be in Winnipeg early next month for another Free Press News Café gig, hosted by PI Financial ...continue reading

A sample options strategy for soybeans

April 11, 2013

We recently had the privilege of co-presenting with the CME Group at their CBOT Grain Opt ions Workshop during the annual Wild Oats Grainworld conference in Winnipeg. Here’s an overview of that event including what is risk, what is risk management and a straightforward strategy you can use to protect yourself against falling grain prices...continue reading

Growers can reduce risk by using options-based hedging

March 14, 2013

Farmers face massive uncertainty about crop prices this fall. Leading analysts forecast huge new corp price ranges, making 2013-14 possibly the most profitable rises ever, or one of the worst....continue reading

'Stock'-ing Stuffers

December 1, 2012

Income... maybe the best gift of all. If earning an income and protecting hard-earned money are a concern, fixed-income investments (bonds, preferred shares, convertible debentures, etc.) may be just the gift for you. Although interest rates are low, usually a bad omen for bond aficionados, good investments are still to be had in this asset class, says the investment advisory team of David Derwin and Joseph Alkana ... continue reading

Go with the (cash) flow

September 4, 2012

Global equities, emerging markets, precious metals — they’re all flavours of the day that have taken on a sour note in the last few years. Many investors also may be sensing a bitter taste for balanced strategies. Investors may find no refuge from the storm of market volatility in GICs and bonds either, given the historically low interest rates.... continue reading

Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, says apostle of seasonal investing.

May 19, 2012

Like many things in life, successful investing involves recognizing patterns and acting accordingly to turn a profit. Value investors look for overlooked and underpriced companies that have sound financial numbers... continue reading

Hedging strategies if you're selling in the U.S.

March 29, 2012

If you sell product to the U.S., as many Canadian businesses do and want to protect yourself, you are probably asking what to do if the loonie is worth more than a U.S. greenback, which is has been again recently....continue reading

Uncommon Opportunity: Lucrative rare-earth metal investment demystified

June 4, 2011

You may not have heard of rare-earth metals, but you're likely familiar with the technologies they make possible. Without them, your BlackBerry, iPhone, car, computer and just about any electronic gadget would not exist as they do today...continue reading

The Real Goods: Commodity investment not a simple endeavour

December 4, 2010 

As consumers, we all invest in some way in commodities. Be it gold, oil or soybeans, these are all items we buy and often use daily. Yet when it comes to buying these tangible assets as part of our investment portfolios, we often only own commodities indirectly...continue reading

Exercise your option: Think of this derivative as investment insurance

May 15, 2010

In the wild kingdom of investment, it seems derivatives are among the most fearsome of beasts. This species of finance, which includes credit default swaps and synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), is largely blamed for our Great Recession. But not all derivatives are necessarily risky and complex investments...continue reading

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